Construction projects designed to improve roads before MGM opens

City preparing for increase in traffic due to casino

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –Whether you’re on the highway, or in downtown, you’re bound to see it in Springfield.


“They’re taking too long they are closing down our openings that we need to get on to get to work and school and it just makes it a daily issue,” said Liberty Lebron of Springfield.

Work began at 7:00 Monday morning at several roads in the city, including Plainfield Street, Union Street, and Dwight Street at the I-291 off ramp. Crews will also be making repairs to the Memorial Bridge.

All of this construction is related to the new MGM casino that’s slated to open in September of 2018. MGM and Springfield are spending 7 million dollars combined on these road improvements.

“It’s a city that’s under development so I think whatever struggle we have with the traffic is worth it,” said William Brewle of Springfield.

MGM Springfield said they’re expecting 10,000 visitors a day at their casino when it opens next year.

“You know how many people who will be here playing those games, they’re going to go out of they’re way to get that money and go play,” said Juan Lopez of Springfield.

Construction on these roads will continue all of this week and next week, from 7 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon. Drivers should plan for delays and lane shifts on these roads.

Continuing Coverage: MGM Springfield casino project